Matthew H. Hersch
Matthew H. Hersch

Associate Professor of the History of Science

Harvard University

Matthew Hersch is an associate professor of the history of science at Harvard University. He is an historian of technology whose research examines Cold War-era aerospace, computer, and military technologies and their relationship to labor and popular culture. His first book, Inventing the American Astronaut (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), explores the rise and transformation of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s human spaceflight program during the 1960s and 1970s, analyzing spacefarers as a new kind of engineer-manager in a society increasingly defined by technologies of automation and control. Hersch received his S.B. in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his J.D. from New York University School of Law, and a William Penn Fellowship from the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned his A.M. and Ph.D. in the history and sociology of science.

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